Need interviewing tips? Ask your mom

I found a nice little succinct list at, of five simple rules for a great job interview. These five practical tips may not get you the job if you're not qualified but they'll go a long way toward making a good impression on the interviewer:

  • Eye contact - Look directly at your interviewer. Don't cast your eyes down.
  • Sit up straight - Don't slouch in your chair - it makes you look lazy and uninterested. Good posture makes you look like a confident person.
  • Don't fidget - Keep your hands in your lap when you're not making a point in the conversation. Fidgeting looks unprofessional.
  • Speak up - Don't mumble your words. Speak directly at your interviewer with a clear, strong voice.
  • Smile and show some personality - It's ok to be a little nervous, but remember to stay loose and be yourself. Personality counts for a lot.

When I first read the list I felt like I was channeling my mother. How many times had I heard that same advice from her? But you know what? The advice is good. Try it.

By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.